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International Women’s Day: Women are strong pillars of non-profit organizations

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International Women’s Day: Women are strong pillars of non-profit organizations

Management of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe with 75 percent in female hands.

Vienna (OTS) – International Women’s Day on March 8th offers an opportunity to highlight the indispensable role of women in social non-profit organizations. Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe relies on the cooperation and voluntary commitment of women in order to be able to maintain round-the-clock care for people in need. This affects all areas, from the emergency services, to the care sector, to homeless assistance, to foreign missions and to management – 75 percent of which are women.

While ministries or other public institutions are aiming for women’s quotas in management levels of 25 percent in the next few years, the fortunes of the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe with federal managing director Petra Grell-Kunzinger and the state managing directors Karin Zeiler-Fidler and Christiane Rusterholz are at 75 percent Woman’s hand.

“Women play a crucial role in Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe. Their participation is not only of great importance for the diversity of our aid projects,” says Federal Managing Director Grell-Kunzinger. “We are proud that women are active in a wide variety of positions and functions – be it as first responders, in disaster relief or in caring for people with special needs. Their commitment is indispensable – without women we could not do our work and the Austrian social and health care system would collapse.”

Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe calls for International Women’s Day not only to be seen as a day of appreciation, but also as an incentive to further promote equality and participation for women in all areas of life. “There is still a lot of catching up to do in Austria, especially in leadership positions in companies and organizations,” emphasizes Grell-Kunzinger. Although women make up around half of all employed people in Austria, only a third of managerial positions are held by women. At management level, the proportion is even lower according to the Chamber of Labor’s current “Women.Management.Report 2024”. The proportion of women in the management of state-affiliated companies is 18.5 percent, in listed companies subject to a quota it is 14 percent and in listed companies not subject to a quota it is only eight percent.

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(SERVICE – Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in Austria, with 1,200 employees, more than half of whom are volunteers, is one of the leading rescue and aid organizations in Austria. Supporting members and donors support the work of Johanniter and enable a wide range of activities with their contributions Spectrum of social and charitable services, such as emergency services and patient transport, assistance for the homeless, health and home nursing, palliative care, social services, first aid training, disaster relief, research and youth work: www.johanniter.at)

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